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Welcome to the South Asian Health Solution


This is not just for South Asians. It’s for anyone from any culture who struggles with insulin resistance, losing fat, preventing chronic illness, or achieving their own personal health goals. South Asians have unfortunately become a world leader in insulin resistance, the underlying condition that causes most cases of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, in addition to being connected to virtually every major chronic health condition, from Alzheimer’s disease and cancer to arthritis and premature aging.


I now exclusively see South Asian consult patients in my clinic and design health education and wellness programs for some of the most successful companies in the world. This blog will share my professional experience, cutting edge research, and my own personal journey in overcoming insulin resistance and achieving optimal health.



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I realize this topic is not consistent with the focus of my blog, but it is too important for me to overlook.  I’ve seen too many patients and families suffer needlessly when many of their issues could have been handled with just a little planning.

Ben Franklin once said:  “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Most of us plan for taxes, but tend to overlook the responsibility of planning for our death and those of our loved ones.  Working in the intensive care unit during medical training gave me my first glimpse of the stark contrast between families who were prepared for this inevitable event and those who weren’t.  A single completed document, the Advanced Health Care Directive (see below), specifically outlining the wishes of the patient was the difference between a family united in the grieving process who worked together to ensure that their loved one’s health care wishes were fulfilled until the last day, versus the bitter conflict and tensions among the family members of a patient who had no end-of-life care instructions documented.  Unfortunately in South Asian culture and other cultures, discussing end-of-life care is often a taboo topic that is not discussed openly and certain assumptions are made, such as the eldest son will automatically take responsibility for decision making for a dying parent.  This may not always result in an optimal outcome and sometimes a different family member or even a close friend may be a more appropriate decision-maker who has the patient’s best interest in mind.

I realized the true power of palliative care during the illness of my own father who succumbed to brain cancer.  Palliative care kept him comfortable until his last days in his home, and provided emotional and spiritual support for the entire family.  It should be a right given to every human being, but unfortunately that is not the case.  Pallium India is a non-profit that works to educate and empower individuals globally with life-limiting or disabling diseases, by treating pain and other symptoms and by providing emotional, social and spiritual support.   It is never too early to consult a palliative care agency or resource after you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a potentially terminal condition.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), offers free consultations for all individuals (PAMF and non-PAMF patients) in the Bay Area who need assistance in discussing and filling out advanced health care directive forms. No adult is too young to fill these forms out and it’s best to do it while you are able to think clearly regarding what you would want if you were stricken by a life-threatening health condition, and who you would trust to make decisions on your behalf.

There are 2 important forms you should fill out listed below.  Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about your treatment options.

1. An Advanced Health Care Directive:  This document appoints a specific person to make health care decisions for you if you are unable, and provides a very general treatment plan.  The form can be downloaded here.

2. POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment): This document more specifically outlines a treatment plan for the seriously ill, including whether you wish CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), intravenous fluids, tube feedings,etc.  This form can be downloaded here.

Join me on September 14th, 2014 at the India Community Center in Milpitas where Pallium India will be hosting a Living Well Series Health Fair.  I will be on hand to answer questions about health and sign copies of my book along with several other healthcare partners.  Event details are here.

 

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